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to -- addressed to president obama and senator roger wicker of mississippi. sources early on in the investigation were telling us that it was somebody from mississippi, from senator wicker's home state and the fbi bulletin that we have been reporting from that we obtained early today says the two letters that were sent were signed i am k.c. and i approve this message. k.c. may translate to kenneth curtis it is unclear when charges will be filed. whether it will be later tonight or tomorrow. but, again, to recap, several federal law enforcement sources say arrest has been made. kenneth curtis from tupelo, mississippi. we are gathering facts as quickly as possible. bill? >> bill: mike, throughout the day, you have been reporting that whomever was the person who mailed these letters apparently -- he was pretty well known among legislators there on the house and the senate side. s so doss this coincide with that information that you have tonight? >> it does. they said that this guy was a frequent letter writer to lawmakers here on capitol hill. federal officials through the washington. and, again, fr
, the letter addressed to president obama is very stloor thimilar t sent to senator wicker. we don't know exactly what that is, if it's the envelope, the handwriting, the message inside, it's interesting what dana did say that bears commenting on. in the wake of 9/11, where it was weeks later, and there were the anthrax, this is a little different because you see the attack on monday, and we don't know if there is a connection here, but the letters being received on tuesday. the letter addressed to president obama received. so obviously very close in time, and because of that, because of that proximity in time, it certainly raises the question of whether these might be connected, although we certainly don't know at this point, carol. >>> brianna and dana, we'll come back to you. a letter addressed to president obama laced with an unknown substance was stopped at an off site facility. as you know senator quicker of mississippi received a letter yesterday that supposedly, maybe, investigators say may be laced with ricin. we'll have more on that and more. and also new developments in boston.
to president obama as well as to u.s. senator roger wicker of mississippi. another u.s. senator also the target of a suspected letter although it has not been confirmed that second senate letter contained ricin. continuing our discussion with former u.s. ambassador to the u.n., john bolton. ambassador bolton, there have been concerns over the years, you know, that some of these states that don't necessarily see eye-to-eye with the united states, countries like iran and or north korea, might try some of these relatively crude methods to sow the seeds of disruption in this country to cause chaos and panic. do you see any indications this kind of thing is happening in this case? >> i don't think we have any evidence of that here but for many, many years, biological and chemical warfare has been called the poor man's nuclear weapon. it's not nearly as expensive to put together these programs. there are more states that have chemical or biological weapons perhaps than have nuclear programs. of course the risk is the perfect storm, putting one of these weapons of mass destruction in the hands of terr
it seems to be a takeoff on political ads which say i am barack obama or senator wicker in this case and i approve this message. so that is the text of the letter that went apparently to both destinations senator wicker and president obama. or at least that was the intention, brianna mentioned, that neither of them got past the offsite mail facilities. in addition to that i should also let you know that since we last talked the senate sergeant in arms sent out a rather lengthy notice to all senators and staffers reminding them that they should not accept any sealed envelopes in their offices. and the reason he did that brings us to your first question, which is the activity that had been going on for several hours here. hallway in the russell building where i am right now was blocked off. two floors of the senate's hart office building were blocked off. and people were told to stay in their offices. and people were also evacuated -- at least the hart building, from the first floor. the reason is because what capitol police officials believe to be a man who was carrying a bag with some seal
of the gun- control debate, there were given little chance of passing. andbig hopes for obama senator schumer and members of the democratic leadership, expanded background checks, called the sweet spot of any gun-control deal, but coming to the floor today. every reed does not appear to have the votes. that's why he's going the dice. he's putting it host: on the floor 4:00 p.m. on c-span2, for our viewers interested in watching the vote. a series of nine votes. which senators are they targeting for votes? unfortunately, the pool of targets is really shrinking. there were looking at the republicans who last week voted to move to the gun bill. there was a republican filibuster of the gun violence legislation. a number of republicans defected. those were the guys on the target list. there were targeted by manchin also merits against -- also by mayors. saxby chambliss of georgia as well. yesterdayr came out to say he would vote against the bill -- against the amendment, rather. bob corker of tennessee was another person on the target list. he also came out against it. , thee democratic side targe
. tell your senator to listen to america's police instead of listening to obama. >> joining me now, the woman who broke this story, kelly o'donnell and kelly, i understand you've got more breaking news on this as well. >> craig, there is so much happening here, i've got a couple of things i want to tell you, first, on guns, we were first to report that kelly ayotte, republican of new hampshire, will be making it very difficult for those who are supporting manchin toomey to get that passed, but just seconds ago, we had a loud speaker announcement here at the russell senate office building where police say there is a suspicious package near the office of richard shelby and therefore, they are trying to clear the area. everyone here is on high alert because of what's happened in boston and because of what's happened with a ricin letter, a suspicious letter sent to roger wicker, republican of mississippi. off site, they detected as a mail facility, a letter that contained a white granular s substance that in an initial test proved to be ricin. work on that continues. where i'm standing
packages doesn't appear to be related to the letters sent to senator wicker and president obama with what appears to be the poison ricin. i want to emphasize that what i just said, they do not believe because as you've been saying, wolf, and it's important to underscore everything is fast moving. we are getting information as law enforcement officials are and they're trying to figure out what the genesis of this is, what the source is and i don't think anybody really has a true idea of what's related to other incidents and what isn't. >> so many fears, so many suspicions only a couple days after the terrorist bombings here at the boston marathon and now these suspicious letters may be laced with this poison ricin, may be laced with this poison ricin reminds me, i assume a lot of our viewers out there, the anthrax-laced letters that occurred shortly after 9/11. it may simply be coincidental. we don't know. there's so much we don't know. we're waiting for this white house briefing, jay carney, the white house press secretary supposed to have started this briefing about 20 minutes or so ago.
control debate, they were iven little chance of passing. so the big hope for obama and senator schumer, a member of the democratic leadership, who called expanded background checks the sweet spot of any sort of gun control deal, that's coming to the floor today and reid does not appear to have the votes. that's why he's rolling the ice. host: a series of nine votes. who and which senators are they targeting for votes at this point? guest: unfortunately for them the pool of targets is shrinking. they were looking at the republicans who last week voted to move to the gun bill, there was a republican filibuster for gun violence legislation, and a number of republicans defected and those were the guys on the target list. they were targeted by not only mafrpbl and toomey but outside groups like mayors against illegal guns and one by one they've come out against the proposal. we're talking about senators and eff flake of arizona others. dean heller of nevada was someone who was on the target list. and who just yesterday came out to say he would vote against he bill. bob corker also came out
letters are being tested. they're targeting senators, and we have learned president obama as well. we should calling there's always the possibility of fats positives in the initial screening machines. joining me -- pete, first to you, what are we learning about these letters and the possibility of ricin? >> the possibility is the word, andrea. sent from a single person in mississippi, authorities believe they know who has done this. they've questioned that -- and they're waiting to see what the results are on them. ricin is made from castor beans. we've seen this happen in the past, someone will grind up castor beans, put them in an envelope, and that will trip the indicators that are looking for ricin, sort of like the difference between opium and poppies. they come from the same thing, but they're not the same thing. so they have these preliminary tests that -- for the last decade, no mail goes directly to the white house or lots of other government buildings. they have these -- they can't know for certainly until it's cultured, then they'll examine it. there may be more than these
alert right now with the news this hour that a letter addressed to president obama contained a suspicious substance. the letter was intercepted as a screening facility and initial tests show it could contain the deadly poison ricin. the fbi says it's very lard to a letter sent yesterday to senator roger wicker of mississippi. which also tested positive for ricin. a third suspicious package may have arrived at the office of alabama senator richard shelby. investigators do not currently believe there is a connection to the bombing in boston. meanwhile, law enforcement officials in massachusetts are combing through more than 2,000 tips, looking through photos like this one, shall shows a bag sitting by a mailbox before the explosion. it is unclear at this point whether or not the bag has any relevance, but appears to be near the center of the explosion. president obama will be in boston tomorrow to attend a memorial service for the victims. for the loved once of those killed and maimed in the explosion, there is only confusion and many unanswered questions. joining me today here
is because that happens to be the hometown or at least the area where senator roger wicker is actually from. now he of course was one of the intended recipients of the letter. the other was president obama which we learned earlier "tod e. we don't have much information about this man except that he was arrested. the thing i can tell you is that late yesterday when senators here in the capitol were briefed, one senator, senator claire mccaskell came out and told reports, that the initial suspicion was it was a man back in mississippi for lack of a better way to say it, harassing. and it's clear really within 24 hours they went and found him. >> and dan a, i know there were some other scares today, but this man from tupelo, mississippi, hometown of senator wicker's, this is the only person who is responsible for all of the letters, right? >> reporter: they believe so. they believe so. and i'm sorry, erin, literally as you were asking me that question, i looked down at my phone here and got another text from my source who said this was an fbi grab based on united states capital police informat
on the mail-ins. rich edison, what do you have? >> a letter went to president obama, this is from the justice producer, fox news' mike levine, in the bulletin, one letter sent to senator wickers that had preliminary tested positive for ricen. they are going through that. the analysis of the second letter sent to president obama is unknown. the bulletin goes on to say that both envelopes were postmarked out of memphis tennessee, april 8th, 2013, and enclosed in the letters, had identical language saying to see a wrong and not expose it is become a silent partner to its continuance. both letters signed i am kc, and i approve this message. identical letters sent to wicker, republican of mississippi, and president obama according to the fbi bulletin obtained by fox news. >> richard, we're reminded of the anthrax attack days after 9/11. i'm not suggesting a connection then or a connection now between boston and ricen, but the timing, the coi understand dense of that timing strikes me as very, very interesting indeed. rich edson with the latest there. appreciate it. thank you very much, indeed, sir
or domestic. or was the act of a malevolent individual. >> david axelrod says mr. obama may have avoided using the word terror monday, because the fact that it was tax day suggest that a homegrown attack. arizona republican senator john mccain feels the president is generally too reluctant to use the word terrorism. >> i always thought it was just utter foolishness not to use the word terrorist when we are talking about attacks that killed innocent civilians. >> by not immediately calling it terror, mr. obama recalled the two week long dispute after the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi whether it grew out protest of anti-islam film or planned as terrorist attack from the start. and his reference to terrorism less than a day after the boston attack may suggest a lesson learned like benghazi some of the president's aid referred to the boston attack as terrorism before he did. a senior administration official privately called it an act of terror shortly --er mr. obama smoke on spoke on monday. chuck hagel had no doubts. >> any event with multiple explosive devices as this appears t
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